Lives in the Yiddish
SHORT BIOGRAPHIES OF THOSE INVOLVED IN
THE Yiddish THEATRE
aS DESCRIBED IN zALMEN zYLBERCWEIG'S "lEKSIKON FUN YIDISHN TEATER"
M. was born on 9 October
1893 in Kulikov, near Lemberg, Galicia. His father was a
super. After his father's early death, he was raised by
his grandfather, a cantor in Ku?itshintser rabbi. Here
he learned in a kloyz, and at the age of ten he
became cast out for reading a shtel of Chumash di ekdkh in
the form of a "theatre". At the age of thirteen he
became a cigar maker and a year later became a co-founder
of the Gordin club in Tarnopol, where he performed as "Shmay"
in Gordin's "The Jewish King Lear", "Ben Akiva" in
Gutzkov's "Uriel Acosta" and the like.
In 1915 in Vienna there was
staged M.'s time-play "Harts un hant farn foterland",
which also was performed in other cities. Later there
was staged the play "Nokh 20 or"....and Sh. Pryzament's
play "Der gulm fun prog" [Sh. Pryzament and A. Meisels
-- a play in three acts. Publisher Sh. Goldfarb. Warsaw
1926. 32 pp., 16°, in text it was described as a
"musical legend in four acts"], his dramatization "Kapitan
dreyfus" and the revue "Oyf keyn tel-aviv".
M. also translated
Vedekind's "Erdgeyst", "Pygmalion" and Shakespeare's
For eight months M. directed
with a Yiddish variety in Vienna and also participated
as "Henekh" in a German offering of An-ski's "Der dybuk".
M. is a prompter in the
Vienna Yiddish theatre.
Adapted from the original Yiddish text found within the "Lexicon
of the Yiddish Theatre" by Zalmen Zylbercweig,
Volume 2, page 1297.
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